CO2-Derived Foam Helps Ford Help The Planet

Ford has added foam and plastic made from captured CO2 to the long list of recycled and alternative automotive materials they already use in Ford vehicles. What the new technology will save in fossil fuels is staggering. Ford predicts that C02-derived foam will replace 600 million lbs. of petroleum every year.

The reality of carbon pollution is alarming. According to a press release from Ford, every second 2.4 million lbs of CO2 are released into the air around the world. The amount that Ford will save by using CO2-derived foam may seem like a drop in the bucket but it’s still significant.

What’s perhaps even more significant is just how committed the automaker is to researching and implementing carbon-saving measures. Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader of sustainability, said recently, “At Ford, we’re aggressively developing new, more sustainable ways to produce high-quality products, with an eye toward preserving and improving our world.”

Ford foresees using the CO2-derived foam and plastic in seating and underhood. The new material will join a host of other alternative materials already employed in Ford vehicles. Mirror gaskets contain recycled tires. Carpets contain old T-shirt material and denim. You can find soy foam in every Ford vehicle. There’s even coconut in your Ford vehicle–as reinforcement for the trunk liner.

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Spring Car Care Tips

Winter is finally gone and that means spring is ready to rumble with warmer weather and plenty of travel opportunities. Now that the harshest season of the year is over, it’s time to give your car the attention it deserves. Here are a few spring car care tips from us here at Sanderson Ford.

  • Wash – Winter has a tendency to lather your car in road salt if you traveled somewhere with snowy roads for the holidays. That will do a number on your paint, among other things, if left untreated. Fortunately, the solution is to take a few minutes and scrub your car until it’s squeaky clean. Adding a layer of wax certainly doesn’t hurt either!
  • Wiper Blades – With spring comes warmer weather and, after a season of colder temperatures, that could cause your wiper blades to show their age. Wear and cracking are the most common problems with wiper blades after winter. Inspect yours thoroughly. You won’t want to get caught in the spring rain with insufficient wipers!

Tires – After winter, inspecting your tires is a must-do safety precaution. The tread is obviously the most important part to check on but your tire pressure is a close second. The colder weather causes tire pressure to decrease and you likely added more air to make up the difference. Warmer weather causes your tire pressure to increase, which means you might need to let some air out. Doing so will improve fuel economy, overall safety, and the lifespan of your tires.

Spring Car Care

Sanderson Ford’s 61st Anniversary

It’s not every day you turn 61, but here at Sanderson Ford, that’s exactly what we just did! Sanderson Ford’s 61st anniversary was a milestone for our staff and technicians. Through our long years in the Phoenix community, we’ve made leaps and bounds and have the awards to show for it. Customer satisfaction has been our top priority since our founding and with this latest anniversary, we’re looking to offer specials that prove it.

The Phoenix community is important to us, and we have a reputation to uphold for excellent service. We’ve won both corporate and community awards for decades, including the coveted “President’s Award.” Not only have we won the prestigious award consistently, we’ve often been the only dealership in the Phoenix Metro area to receive it.

Originally founded on May 1, 1955, by Don Sanderson Ford in Glendale as Glendale Motors, we’ve grown to offer and service every model in the Ford lineup. We also offer a selection of used cars for first-time or cost-conscious drivers.

A premiere Ford dealership, we offer every service possible. From Ford parts to routine maintenance to repairs, and more, we here at Sanderson Ford are all about going above and beyond customer expectations.

Let us here at Sanderson Ford demonstrate our commitment and show you why we’ve won many prestigious awards year after year.

Sanderson Ford’s 61st Anniversary

Arizona Natural Wonders to Visit

Arizona is by far one of the most beautiful states in the entire nation. Arizona owes much of its enchanting beauty to the natural surroundings that can be found throughout the state. From canyons to mountains, these Arizona natural wonders to visit are sure to take any visitor’s breath away!

The Grand Canyon

One of the largest canyons in the world, the Grand Canyon attracts visitors from all over the planet. Forged by the mighty Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is a testament to the natural power of the world we live in!

Monument Valley

Some of the most famous images of the American West can be found inside the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The rock formations found here are some of the most intricate in the entire world.

Petrified Forest National Park

The Petrified Forest National Park is home to not one, but two natural wonders of Arizona. First, it contains the Petrified Forest, a collection of fossilized wood and other remnants of the ancient world. However, it also is home to the Painted Desert, a section of the Arizona desert that is composed of elaborate and beautiful colors!

Arizona Natural Wonders

Ford Organizes a Rosie the Riveter Honor Flight

During World War II, many heroes served as soldiers and fought overseas. However, there were plenty of heroes back home in the U.S.A. during the war. Many women began to work in factories in order to produce the supplies the U.S. soldiers needed to win the war. These women became known by their nickname, “Rosie the Riveters.” Ford recently decided to honor these unsung heroines of the war.

According to a Ford press release, Ford organized a Rosie the Riveter honor flight.

Working with the Talons Out Honor Flight and the Yankee Air Museum, Ford flew 30 of the original Rosie the Riveters to Washington D.C. so that they could visit the nation’s capital.

“These women not only helped win a war, they paved the way for future generations to achieve economic and personal independence,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, the philanthropic arm of Ford. “It is an honor to celebrate their vital contributions to our country and the cause of freedom.”

Ford salutes all the heroes that have worked to ensure our country is the land of the free!

Rosie the Riveter Honor Flight

Why You Need Good Car Insurance

Car insurance is a necessity if you plan on driving in the modern day. Unfortunately, as many as one in eight drivers forego reliable coverage. It’s only once they’re in an accident that they realize they made a mistake. Don’t be portrayed as a fool! From us here at Sanderson Ford to you, here are a few reasons you need good car insurance!

  • Accidents can and do happen. More than six millions accidents occur each and every year according to the National highway Traffic Safety Administration. Even if you’ve never been in one, that’s no reason to forego coverage. If you do end up in an accident, your insurance is there to help you along the way both financially and mentally.
  • The sheer cost is incredible. The cost of an accident is likely more than you think. On average, property damage alone amounts to nearly $10,000. That’s a good chunk of change but it only gets worse. Accidents with disabling injuries amount to nearly $81,000. Insurance can cover some or all of those costs.
  • Most states require insurance. The need for insurance is obvious. Many states require drivers to maintain a minimum amount of coverage. Failing to do so can result in an impounded vehicle, fines, or a suspended license.

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Next-Generation Mustang Arriving 2020

It’s hard to become the best of the best, but Ford has managed to overcome obstacle after obstacle with its muscle car. Now the automaker is looking to revamp the iconic pony car less than a year after its latest redesign. Originally set to debut in 2022, the next-generation Ford Mustang is being pushed up to 2020.

The latest Mustang wasn’t redesigned too long ago, and a 2016 model currently starts at just over $24,000. Featuring better fuel economy and more power, the Mustang received an abundance praise from critics like Edmunds.

“Ford Mustang continues to distinguish itself as a muscle car with genuine crossover appeal,” the review stated. Receiving four and a half out of five stars, the Mustang is seemingly a hit. That begs the bigger question. Why a redesign so soon?

Unfortunately, no one seems to have an answer. Current speculation suggest fuel economy, emissions, or safety standards could be the culprit.

The report comes from an accounting and consulting group by the name of UHY Hacker Young. According to the report, the next-generation Mustang will begin production in May 2020. The current Mustang will cease produce in April that same year.

We here at Sanderson Ford are waiting on the edge of our seats for more information on the next-gen Mustang!

Next-Generation Mustang

Ford Contributes $400,000 in Scholarships for High School Seniors

Ford has always believed in giving back, and this past January the automaker gave back in a big way to teens in North Texas.

Ford Motor Company, along with North Texas Ford dealerships, gave $400,000 in scholarships to area high school students to pursue higher education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. So far, Ford has donated over $2 million in total to education, benefiting over 14,000 students in North Texas alone. Recipients of this latest round of scholarships will be recognized at the Ford Driving Dreams event in May 2016.

From the $400,000 in scholarships, individual students will receive $2,000 after applying and writing an essay answering the question, “What Drives Your Dream?”

Ford Motor Company invests over $8 million annually to education around the country. Alongside the Ford Driving Dreams program, students can benefit from a variety of other nationwide Ford academic programs, like Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford College Community Challenge, and Ford STEAM Lab.

Giving back is just another thing that Ford believes you should “Go Further” in.

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What to Do in Glendale, AZ This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re still floundering looking for a fun event for you and your significant other, have no fear! There are plenty of fun and romantic events right here in Glendale to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.

What to do in Glendale this Valentine’s Day…

  • Take a romantic couple’s trail ride through the desert with Cave Creek Trail Rides. On Valentine’s, you’ll get an hour- or 90-minute-long ride, ending with a rose presented to the woman. Talk about romance!
  • On the 12th, check out the Phantasmagorical Spectacular at Alwun House, a sexy cabaret that douses the senses with fantastical lights, art, and dance.

If you want a little learning alongside the loving this Valentine’s Day, check out the Language of Flowers Exhibit and Chocolate Tasting at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, featuring treats from Cerrata Candy Co. Stroll through the aromatic gardens and learn about the ancient meanings and symbolism of different flowers, plants, and arrangements. Don’t just give flowers this year, know flowers this year!

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New Ford Technology At 2016 CES

According to Wired Magazine, “Ford doesn’t sound much like an automaker these days.” The magazine is referring to Ford’s recent presentation at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. Ford hardly talked about regular ol’ vehicles during its presentation. Instead, the automaker talked of mobile apps, possible use of drones, and autonomous vehicles.

Of course, Ford is addressing crowds at the Consumer Electronics Show. It’s a tech show and so the focus is going to be on new technology. It’s not as if Ford can’t still make extraordinary vehicles. Look at the brand new Ford GT, for goodness sake.

Ford technology has been heading skyward. Literally. The automaker has been researching drone-to-vehicle communications. In the autonomous technology department, Ford has added 20 more autonomous vehicles to its fleet of 10.

One of the most interesting tidbits to come out of the Ford camp at CES is that the automaker’s Smart Device Link software is going open source. That means anyone can build on top of it.

If we learned anything from CES, it’s that Ford is becoming a tech leader, increasingly on par with companies like Google, even while solidifying their reputation as one of the world’s greatest automakers.

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